Rutgers is just... just awful.
Syracuse is 3-1. We're all glad about that. But it's not a good 3-1. Syracuse's defense is not that great. However, Syracuse's offense is very good and we have a streak of two wins against Rutgers going. Additionally, we're in the Carrier Dome which doesn't hurt.
Statistically these teams are virtually identical on paper. About the only stat that SU leads is first downs gained. Everything else is really close. Rutgers has Mohamed Sanu and Mark Harrison. Syracuse has Van Chew and Alec Lemon. Syracuse has Antwon Bailey. Rutgers has Savon Huggins. Last year Syracuse found success against Rutgers by getting pressure on the quarterback. While Mikhail Marinovich is very good at that, Syracuse is really missing Chandler Jones. The winner of this game will be the one that gives up the fewest big plays and holds onto the ball. Not only that, but who plays better between Ryan Nassib and Chase Dodd. Let's face it, both secondaries are like Swiss, so whoever takes the most advantage will win. This is virtually a toss up game on paper sadly. But I like the home cooking of the Carrier Dome, as well as the fact that Nassib has just straight up been better so far this season over Dodd. But this should be an airshow type of game. I'm picking Syracuse over Rutgers 31 to 28.
This game will be on the good ol' Big East Network as their "Game of the Week". That just means you'll see it on TWCS, SNY, or ESPN 3. It's another nooner. Student tickets are free so we'll see what that means for student attendance but I still think it will be lame. There should be a decent crowd on hand however. John and I will be there so look for some fun Tweets and all the usual postgame stuff next week. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy hating on Jersey.